...this catalogue is home to ... 251 Beatles songs. That means John Lennon/Paul McCartney standards like "Yesterday," "In My Life" and "Hey Jude."
This gives the catalogue an unusual prominence, and Jackson himself recently charged the molestation case was just a ploy in a larger conspiracy to put him in a position where he would have to sell his Sony/ATV share.
Ever since Jackson bought the catalogue in 1985, he's said it was both an investment and a rare chance to own music he loves. McCartney, similarly, has often said he would like to own the catalogue just to bring his babies back home. This kind of talk is music to fans' ears.
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